My Four E’s of Blogging…

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A Recipe for Blogging

 

It’s been a few years since I wrote about this but the beginning of a newfour e's of blogging year of blogging might be a good time to haul it out of the mothballs of my mind.

 

Blogging can be a challenge.  

There is always the dilemma of what to write about.

 

There have been many posts by members here offering excellent topics to help jog your mind. Liz and Bill Spear wrote one about summer blog topics.

 

For me, it boils down to 4 Es.  When I write a post I hope that my post has at least one of these E’s in it

Educational

With some topics, I hope to inform the reader.   Often, it’s regarding staging...what it is and what it isn’t.  You have only to read a post by one of our inspectors, for example, to learn about why you shouldn’t pressure clean siding on a home by Jay Markanich  or how to fix an annoying noise in your home by Charles Buell .

We have members in the mortgage and lending fields, property management, many other fields.

 

As I’ve often said, I learn something every day at ActiveRain.   `

 

Enlightening

This is similar to educating us but posts that enlighten us usually awaken some spirit in us.  A good example would be Lou Ludwig ’s daily motivational posts that give us a daily dose of food-for-thought or  Paul Henderson’s daily quotes and inspirational photos.  

 

Entertaining

We are so fortunate to have many members that never fail to entertain us with their posts. It could be a humorous take on a situation from Alan May or the Grab Bag from Dick Greenberg, these posts often have nothing to do with the Real Estate profession.  They make us smile or smile and they give us a mental break from the day’s stress.

Engaging

As in most social media, at the heart is some sort of desire to interact with your reader.  Here, it is often with a question asked in hopes of an answer- “what to do if….”  for example.

It’s a post that invites us in as if in a conversation or asks for our opinion.  It wakes us up and makes us think.

 

A good post doesn’t have to have any or all of the 4 E’s.  It’s your blog, and you set the tone.

 

Do one thing, though.  The next post you read that you like, ask yourself if it Educated, Enlightened, Entertained or Engaged you.

 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Kathy - I love the good positive information here.  People with writer's block can go to some of these examples to get ideas.

Jan 03, 2017 06:02 AM #60
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Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed.
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Greetings Kathy Streib (:

Think you covered just about every E in your post.  Thank you for sharing your experience and insight!

Jan 03, 2017 06:18 AM #61
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Richie Alan Naggar
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An entry is all it takes to be a winner in the blogging, posting & commenting world...

Jan 03, 2017 08:01 AM #62
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Patricia Kennedy
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Kathy, this is a post that needs to be dragged out of mothballs - often!  We can't be reminded too often of what makes for a good blog post.

Jan 03, 2017 10:02 AM #63
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Mike Bjork
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I like the concept of the "4 E's".  It works for me.  Thanks for the post with all of the examples.

Jan 03, 2017 10:27 AM #64
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I like and agree with your 4E's for blogging. thanks for the links to other member's post.

Jan 03, 2017 12:13 PM #65
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Pretty, clean, nice graphics and simple message = great post!

Jan 03, 2017 04:21 PM #66
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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You do a great job of hitting most of those "E's" in each post. Certainly they are educational and entertaining, and always easy to read.

Jan 03, 2017 06:07 PM #67
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Great post Kathy!  I love your thought process to keep it real and informative.  Your references to others' posts is great!

Jan 03, 2017 07:11 PM #68
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OK - this one is "Engaged." You just gave me that boost to get me going again after this endless 2 1/2 week long "week-end of interruptions!"

Jan 03, 2017 08:36 PM #69
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Love this post reminds me of the five C of shopping for Diamonds:) and indeed the four E's make sense. You should put this in your weekly posts:))) where is Patricia Kennedy  maybe she could spread the word:))Endre

Jan 03, 2017 09:56 PM #70
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Great post! I'm putting those four E's somewhere where I can see them while I'm writing. . .

Jan 04, 2017 05:30 AM #71
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My first priority in blogging will always to be educational.

Jan 04, 2017 05:58 AM #72
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Roy Kelley
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Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share.

Jan 04, 2017 11:07 AM #73
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Clever blog!  I never thought of breaking down my topic posts that way.  I'm afraid I wouldn't be very humourous!  Perhaps there should be a fifth catagory:  venting  !  :)

Jan 04, 2017 04:54 PM #74
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Those 4 E's are the key to a successful blog for sure!

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Jan 09, 2017 12:14 PM #76
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Kathy Streib "As in most social media, at the heart is some sort of desire to interact with your reader.  Here, it is often with a question asked in hopes of an answer - “what to do if…”  for example."

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Dec 17, 2017 05:54 AM #77
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All things social media do follow the "E" pattern ! Tasty recipe !

Dec 17, 2017 07:07 AM #78
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thanks for focusing our thoughts as we get ready to start a new year - again! Happy New year! 

Dec 28, 2018 04:41 AM #79
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